Wednesday, December 17, 2014

R.I.P. Bill Buckingham (1944-2014), architect friend

It is with great sadness to report that Boston architect William Buckingham passed away this weekend at the age of 70. (His Requiem Mass at All Saints Anglo-Catholic parish in Ashmont is today scheduled for 2PM today; I regret that I just got word a few hours ago...)

I got to know Bill when I chaired a religious architecture committee, and he was against modernist building for sure. For over 40 years Bill designed in traditional styles when it was (and still somewhat is) very unpopular to do so. He mentored and helped me through the tough times I had going at architecture school.

I most recently saw Bill at his office a couple of weeks ago and despite using a respirator, he was working and never thinking about retirement like many architects do. This really shows since when he co-founded Sullivan Buckingham Architects at age 67 to try to preserve traditional building techniques. 

The architecture profession has lost one of its most valuable members. I have the honor and the privilege to know him as a friend and colleague. 

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requesicat in pace. Amen. Anima ejus et animae ominum fidelium defunctorum per misericordiam Dei Requesicat in pace. Amen. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Illicit Catholic wedding on TLC

Four Weddings is a reality show on TLC where four brides who are total strangers attend each others weddings and judge them according to certain criteria. The winning bride and her groom with the most points win a honeymoon. 

This afternoon I happened to watch an episode of Four Weddings where one of the weddings took place at a horse racetrack in the Miami Beach area on Christmas Day. The things that really upset me were that the bride wore a rosary around her wrist and that a priest came to the track to officiate. That's right: a Catholic priest went to a racetrack on Christmas Day to officiate at a wedding.

I cannot believe that a priest (even by Novus Ordo standards) would officiate not only outside the church building, but on one of the holiest days of the year! Christmas is when we celebrate the birthday of Our Lord Jesus Christ, not our conjugal lives. According to the Missale Romanum, Christmas is a Double of the First Class feast, which means no other feast can supersede it. Even thought our Advent preparation is complete, the solemn nature of the feast does not permit the use of the Nuptial Mass, and therefore it is still a forbidden time to marry (the Sixth Precept of the Church). 

Additionally, besides the purple vestment days of Septuagesima and Lent, the Nuptial Mass is still forbidden on the following non-penitential days: 
  • All Sundays (yes, even the green ones) 
  • During the Octaves of Easter and Pentecost (Yes, even though Alleluia and white or gold vestments are back, Easter's octave is that of the First Class, and therefore you cannot ordinarily marry until the Monday after Low Sunday. Pentecost historically ranks higher than Christmas, and it's octave [which includes the summer Ember Days] ranks the same.)
  • The Feast of the Circumcision (Jan. 1)
  • The Feast of the Epiphany (Jan. 6)
  • Ascension Day
  • Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday, even if the feast is transferred to Sunday as is in the USA)
  • Birthday of St. John the Baptist (June 24)
  • Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul (June 29)
  • Feast of the Most Precious Blood (July 1)
  • Feast of the Assumption (Aug. 15)
  • Feast of St. Michael the Archangel (Sept. 29)
  • All Saints Day (Nov. 1)
  • All Souls Day (Nov. 2; or 3 if 2nd falls on Sunday)
  • Patronal feasts of a nation, state, city, diocese, cathedral church, or parochial patron
The feasts above are all Doubles of the First Class. In Medieval times they where all Holy Days of Obligation (including The Immaculate Conception, which always falls during Advent; and Ash Wednesday, St. Joseph's Day, and the Annunciation, which pretty much always fall during Lent.) 

Catholics are to marry before a Nuptial Mass, period. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Fr. Gruner: "We have the obligation to oppose and to speak out" against heresy

Fr. Nicholas Gruner agrees with Cardinal Burke's comments that criticize the Pope. It is not a sin to criticize the Pope (or any cleric for that matter) when they say heretical things. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My ultimate Christmas wish this year

There is going to be no Thanksgiving dinner for me this year, anywhere. My family is aging and have been sick recently, so there will be no dinner at home. With 13 days left in the liturgical year, Advent and Christmas are a hairpin around the corner to begin another. 

While I do not believe in observing the "Holiday Shopping Season" which starts earlier every year and ends on December 24th, I do believe (as every Christian should) that Christmas season doesn't start until Midnight Mass and ends with the octave feast of the Epiphany (Baptism of the Lord). I am also not against gift giving after the 25th. But, with the worst year of my life with six weeks to go, I am making my ultimate Christmas wish for 2014, which supersedes all other wishes:

  • It is not finding a job, albeit everyone needs one;
  • It is not finding a new home, which will be necessary shortly;
  • It is not hitting the jackpot, which seems to be the only hope these days for most;
...but it is the most important item that will dramatically change my life forever. It is finally meeting the Catholic sweetheart of my dreams to become my future wife. It is what will radically rejuvenate my family structure, as most of my immediate relatives are over 55. 

She does not have to come under anyone's tree, but into my heart.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fr. Michael Rodriguez on sabbatical

The Remnant is confirming from multiple sources that Fr. Michael Rodriguez of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, is now on a six-month sabbatical. Fr. Rodriguez is one of the few diocesan priests in the United States who exclusively offer the Traditional Latin Mass. He is no longer based in Presidio, where he was exiled to by the previous Bishop of El Paso in 2011 for defending traditional marriage at a City Council meeting. 

This is a big blow to the faithful who were served by Fr. Rodriguez, who now have no priest available to them. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Another politicized funeral

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino was laid to rest today with a politicized Novus Ordo funeral with five eulogies. 300 of his family and political cronies were in attendance at the church of his baptism, all with the blessing and the presence of the Cardinal. 

While Menino was the best mayor a city could ever have, the eulogies were bragging about his gay rights advocacy as a city councilor. Yes, he was a gay rights activist. 

In all fairness, just like Ted Kennedy, Mumbles didn't deserve a Catholic funeral. One reason why most "Catholic" politicians go against the Church teachings on abortion, homosexuality, and contraception because the Archdiocese of Boston began ordaining gay (friendly) men to the priesthood over a half-century ago.

If Vatican II never happened, you would not have so many Catholics going against Christ's teachings. More importantly, you would not see a "customized" funeral service. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

400th post is a serious one...

This is my 400th post of this blog, after over 55,000 readers and four years. It comes at a time when we have the worst pope in living memory and the "pony and dog show" of a synod put on by the Holy Father himself. Watch this video to understand that we are near the end:

Pray for the Pope. 
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